Healthy Communities for Healthy Futures
The Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Program seeks proposals from community-based non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and Tribal Nations to deliver projects addressing health disparities in the leading risk factors for the most common birth conditions in Minnesota, including:
- Substance misuse
- STI's and other infections
- Chemical exposures
- Certain medications
- Maternal stress
Many communities experience a disproportionate burden of these risk factors. Community-led approaches of addressing these risk factors are necessary to create positive, sustainable change in these disparities.
As such, this grant program will fund the development of new projects or enhance existing programs to address health disparities in the risk factors listed above with the goal of preventing future birth conditions in Minnesota. For more information on birth conditions in Minnesota and common risk factors, visit the Birth Conditions in Minnesota webpage.
Request for Proposals
- Healthy Communities for Healthy Futures (HC4HF) Grant Program Request for Proposals (PDF)
- Healthy Communities for Healthy Futures (HC4HF) Grant Program Request for Proposals (Word)
Letter of Intent Deadline (optional): February 28, 2020
Q&A Deadline: February 28, 2020
Application Deadline: March 16, 2020
Program Dates: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
Questions and Answers
All questions about the RFP must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-201-3648. Questions and answers will be posted every Friday. Please submit questions no later than 4:30 pm Central Time on February 28, 2020. The final questions and answers will be posted on March 6, 2020.
Letter of Intent
Potential applicants do not need to provide extensive detail in the Letter of Intent. Here is an example of a sufficient letter of intent:
- Name of main contact for application: John Doe
- Organization: Latino Community Center
- Address: 123 ABC Lane, Blue Earth, MN 56013
- Phone number: 555-555-5555
- Email address: email@example.com
- Target population: Latino families
- Geographic area: Faribault County
- Target risk factor: Diabetes
- Target level on the Spectrum of Prevention: Educating providers
Applications may be submitted by email in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Health Educator, Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Section
Child and Family Health Division
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Paper applications sent by mail must be received by the Minnesota Department of Health by March 16, 2020 and will not go off the postmark date.
No. There are two ways applicants can submit an application digitally. Applicants can fill out the application in the Word document RFP file, save it as a PDF, and email it to email@example.com. Applicants can also print out the application, write in responses, scan it to PDF, and email it as well.
There are not any guidelines for formatting or page limits for the Project Narrative section of the application.
A successful grant application shows how the proposed project will be effective in addressing one or more risk factors related to birth conditions. This grant program is especially looking for projects that are community-driven, culturally-specific, and innovative. Strong applications will highlight what makes the project unique and tailored to the community to be served.
A successful grant application also answers each question fully and includes all components from the application score sheet (see Appendix C). These are the criteria that reviewers will be using to rate each application. Each section of the score sheet correlates to a section of the grant application. For instance, Section I of the score sheet lists all information that should be included in Section I of the project narrative.
Additionally, the work plan of a successful grant application should clearly show how the applicant will put the proposed project into action. The instructions in the beginning of the work plan template provide a basic description of how to write effective objectives and strategies that will guide the work plan.
There are a few things that might be helpful for first-time applicants to know. Applications must include all completed items from the Application Checklist (Appendix A) to qualify for review. It may be helpful to refer to the Application Score Sheet (Appendix C) while completing the application to ensure that it covers all information that will be scored by the grant reviewers.
There is a question in the Project Narrative (Appendix E) that asks for the organization's previous experience working with the State of Minnesota; however, first-time applicants should know they will not lose any points in the grant application scoring for not having previous experience working with a state agency.
Applicants should not include materials not requested in the Request for Proposals (such as letters of recommendation, news articles mentioning the applicant organization, program flyers). Any additional materials will not be included in the review of applications.
If you are awarded funding and are not a current vendor for the State of Minnesota, the grant program manager at the Minnesota Department of Health will assist you in registering as a vendor. Additionally, if awarded funding, grantees must wait until the grant agreement is in place before beginning grant activities. The grant agreement is not the same as the notice of funding.
Grant Award and Grant Agreement
The Minnesota Department of Health anticipates notifying applicants whether they were awarded funding by May 15, 2020.
Yes. If awarded applicants are not currently vendors of the State of Minnesota, the grant program staff at the Minnesota Department of Health will help them to register as vendors.
After you have been awarded funding, you must wait until the grant program begins (July 1, 2020) and you have a fully executed grant agreement in place before you begin working on your project.
MDH will move as quickly as possible to fully execute the grant agreement before the start date of the grant program (July 1, 2020); however, it may take longer depending on how long it takes to receive the agreement from the grantees and how long it takes for MDH to process the agreement on our end.
Current Preconception Health Grants
From June 2017 to May 2020, MDH has funded community partners to deliver the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program to help prevent future Minnesotan babies being born with birth conditions. To learn more, visit the Preconception Health in Minnesota Grant webpage.